- Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union
The rank of Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union (Russian: "Admiral Flota Sovietskogo Soyuza", Адмирал Флота Советского Союза) was the highest naval rank of the
The rank was largely honorary and could be considered equivalent to
Admiral of the Navyin other nations. It was formally established by the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Unionon March 3, 1955and replaced a similarly named rank, Admiral of the Fleet (Адмирал флота) that was already equivalent to the Marshal of the Soviet Unionsince 1945. The holders were entitled to a Marshal's Star.
Upon its creation, the only two Admirals of the Fleet, Nikolai Kuznetsov and
Ivan Isakov, were "promoted" to this rank. Less than a year later Kuznetsov was demoted to Vice Admiral for political reasons in 1956 and Isakov remained the only Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union until his death in 1967. His successor, Admiral Sergei Gorshkov, then became the third and final Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union. Gorshkov died in 1988and no further appointments were made before the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.
1962onwards, it was one grade higher than Admiral of the Fleet, which was recreated as an intermediate rank, equivalent to General of the Army.
List of Admirals of the Fleet of the Soviet Union
*Nikolai Kuznetsov (1902-74): Appointed
March 3, 1955; demoted February 17, 1956; restored posthumously July 26, 1988
Ivan Isakov(1894-1967): Appointed March 3, 1955
Sergei Gorshkov(1910-88): Appointed October 28, 1967
Russian military ranks
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